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Riley H. Ross III


I have always wanted to be a lawyer.  Seriously.  Growing up, I always had a sense of right and wrong, fairness and justice. Today, I have achieved my dream of owing my own law practice where I can help people the only way I know how: by fighting for their rights and ensuring that they are treated fairly.  Whether it is a criminal defendant facing the overreaching power of the government, an employee harassed and unfairly terminated, a motorist unfairly detained because he fit a profile or an everyday Joe injured because of someone else’s negligence, my clients look to me to protect them and to make sure that the law provides them with all the rights and security to which they are entitled.  I could not ask for a better job.


I am an experienced trial lawyer, with nearly 20 years of trial and litigation experience through my previous positions as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Norfolk, VA and as an attorney with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and with Miller, Alfano & Raspanti, Drinker Biddle & Reath, and Tucker Law Group in Philadelphia, PA.

Through these positions, I have gained extensive experience in the areas of state and federal criminal law, white collar criminal defense, civil rights litigation, corporate compliance; internal investigations; employment law; and personal injury.   These areas are varied because I have represented a wide variety of clients, including individuals charged with state and federal criminal violations, a major health care provider accused of defrauding the federal government, quasi-governmental entities accused of due process violations; individuals asserting civil rights claims against cities and law enforcement officers; private and public colleges and universities defending against § 1983, employment discrimination, and general liability lawsuits; and individuals asserting a variety of personal injuries.

Education and Licenses

I received a B.S. in Psychology from Longwood College, a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.  I am licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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Justice delayed is justice denied.

William E. Gladstone
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Professional and Community Involvement

I make it a point to be an active member of the national, state and local legal communities as a way to give back to the community.   The legal community has recognized my professional activities through distinctions such as being recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® each year since 2014, a “2009 Lawyers on The Fast Track” and a 2010 and 2011 “Pennsylvania Rising Star”.   I was recently appointed to serve as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.    Additionally, I am a member of the Practitioner’s Advisory Group – an advisory group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.   I serve on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Pennsylvania Innocence Project (Vice President); Defenders Association of Philadelphia; No Longer Bound; and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.   I am also an active member of the Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations and the Treasurer of the Federal Criminal Law Committee of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.   I am a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee and Civil and Equal Rights Committee and a member of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  

Impact Cases

  • Represented U.S. Congressman and his campaign committees during a federal fraud investigation and subsequent indictment.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement with the U.S. Government and avoided federal criminal charges for a small business owner being investigated for fraud.
  • Represented the City of Philadelphia during federal and state investigations of a city agency facing possible criminal charges in death of teenager.
  • Secured a Not Guilty jury verdict for a 28 year old man facing federal drug conspiracy charges. In the matter of United States v. Dorsey, et al., the client was tried with six others and the trial lasted nearly four weeks. The client was facing 30 years-to-Life in federal prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.
  • Obtained a significant judgment for a client suing a sports agency for breach of contract in connection with the referral of an NFL player.
  • Represented large Healthcare Corporation in response to U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation of fraudulent billing of federal employees.
  • Represented anesthesiologist regarding investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office into his billing practices.
  • During my time as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, I represented Derrick Kimbrough at the trial and appellate level and achieved the favorable sentence that was at issue in the landmark Supreme Court case, Kimbrough v. U.S., 128 S. Ct. 558 (2007).  Kimbrough significantly reduced the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and helped restore judicial discretion to federal sentencing.



Two Penn Center

1500 JFK Blvd Suite 1525


OFFICE: (215) 587-7177

FAX: (215) 587-0628

MOBILE: (215) 703-8480